The ill effects of a long road trip will weigh on the Tampa Bay Rays when they host the Toronto Blue Jays. The Rays played in Colorado (1,519 miles away) on Sunday, only 24 hours before this match-up. In contrast, the Blue Jays have a shorter flight from Toronto and also had an earlier start time on Sunday, which means they won’t be as weary from their travels.
The Jays give Mark Buehrle the pitching assignment in this one. After a disastrous start, he will be happy to pitch at Tropicana Field, where he boasts a lifetime 6-2 record. Rays pitcher Jeremy Hellickson has not been on his game as of late: in his past two starts he’s given up nine runs in 11 innings. These are two teams that are generally struggling, but for this one game go with the Blue Jays, on at 2.35, to earn the victory.
The Philadelphia Phillies' Cliff Lee may own a Cy Young Award, but he will not have things all his own way against San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner when the two clubs square off at AT&T Park. Bumgarner has been electric this season. Working off his 92 miles per hour fastball, he’s had great success mixing in his slider, curveball and change-up. The array of pitches – which differ as much as 16 mph in velocity – have kept batters off balance and is the reason why he’s 3-0 with a 1.55 ERA in 2013.
Lee’s numbers aren’t quite as good overall (2-2, 3.46 ERA) but he continues to be very reliable – as evidenced by his four quality starters (six-plus innings pitched; three or fewer runs allowed) in six appearances. What is notable in this contest is just how well he throws when he’s in San Francisco: he has posted a 3-0 record with a 0.51 ERA in four starts at AT&T. It's hard to pick a winner in this one, but the total scoring should be below 6.00 runs. Take the under at 2.05.